North Carolina

Maijuana growing operation discovered by deputies

DEEP GAP, N.C. - A Western North Carolina man is facing charges after sheriff's deputies say they found a large marijuana growing operation in a factory building in Deep Gap, North Carolina.

Officers say half of the building was being used as a business and the other half as a marijuana operation. Detectives seized 93 marijuana plants from the Joe Greer Road site.

We're told the marijuana was cultivated through a sophisticated system using grow lamps, timers to control the heat, along with air filters to mask the smell of the plants. Officers tell us the plants had a street value of between $200,000 and $400,000.

Officers arrested Abrham Shaki, of Fleetwood, North Carolina, he's charged with several drug offenses related to marijuana.

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